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Gold / Platinum / Diamond Record Awards

Throughout his career, Eric Clapton has been awarded a total of 80 Gold, Platinum, Multi-Platinum and Diamond Sales Awards by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Formats certified by the RIAA are singles, albums, multi-disc sets, digital downloads and long-form videos.

Eric Clapton received his first Gold Record on 22 May 1968 for Cream’s album, Disraeli Gears. His most recent was for Cream’s video boxset, Royal Albert Hall: London May 2-3-5-6 2005. The title went gold, platinum and five-times multi-platinum on 11 July 2006.

A title can receive more than one award (sometimes years apart) and occasionally a top-selling release can be awarded gold, platinum and multi-platinum status on the same date. Sales are “certified” in an independent audit process.

The complete list of Eric’s U.S. Sales Awards for singles, albums, multi-disc sets and long-form videos, with certification dates in mm/dd/yy format is:

Artist Title Cert. Date Award Format
Cream Royal Albert Hall 2005 07/11/06 Multi Platinum 5x Video
Cream Royal Albert Hall 2005 07/11/06 Platinum Video
Cream Royal Albert Hall 2005 07/11/06 Gold Video
Cream Very Best Of Cream 01/13/06 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Back Home 12/02/05 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Crossroads 10/18/05 Multi Platinum 3x Album
Eric Clapton Cream of Clapton 06/20/05 Multi Platinum 2x Album
Eric Clapton Wonderful Tonight 06/06/05 Gold Single
Eric Clapton Me & Mr. Johnson 07/07/04 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Reptile 06/08/01 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Clapton Chronicles 04/03/01 Platinum Album
E. Clapton & B.B. King Riding With The King 02/27/01 Multi Platinum 2x Album
E. Clapton & B.B. King Riding With The King 07/12/00 Platinum Album
E. Clapton & B.B. King Riding With The King 07/12/00 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Clapton Chronicles 01/14/00 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Blues 09/28/99 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Pilgrim 04/22/98 Platinum Album
Eric Clapton Pilgrim 04/22/98 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Behind The Sun 07/16/97 Platinum Album
Eric Clapton Change The World 09/12/96 Gold Single
Eric Clapton Unplugged 05/16/96 Multi Platinum 10x* Album
Eric Clapton Cream of Clapton 04/02/96 Platinum Album
Eric Clapton Unplugged 02/08/96 Multi Platinum 8x Album
Eric Clapton Cream of Clapton 01/05/96 Platinum Video
Eric Clapton Cream of Clapton 11/20/95 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Time Pieces 08/09/95 Multi Platinum 7x Album
Eric Clapton From The Cradle 03/16/95 Multi Platinum 3x Album
Eric Clapton From The Cradle 11/16/94 Multi Platinum 2x Album
Eric Clapton From The Cradle 11/16/94 Platinum Album
Eric Clapton From The Cradle 11/16/94 Gold Album
Cream Strange Brew: Very Best of 12/01/93 Platinum Album
Cream Strange Brew: Very Best of 12/01/93 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Slowhand 11/10/93 Multi Platinum 3x Album
Cream Disraeli Gears 11/10/93 Platinum Album
Blind Faith Blind Faith 11/10/93 Platinum Album
Eric Clapton Unplugged 09/29/93 Multi Platinum 7x Album
Eric Clapton Unplugged 05/04/93 Multi Platinum 6x Album
Eric Clapton Unplugged 03/16/93 Multi Platinum 5x Album
Eric Clapton Unplugged 02/03/93 Multi Platinum 4x Album
Eric Clapton Unplugged 02/03/93 Platinum Video
Eric Clapton Unplugged 12/10/92 Multi Platinum 3x Album
Eric Clapton Unplugged 11/13/92 Multi Platinum 2x Album
Eric Clapton Unplugged 10/28/92 Platinum Album
Eric Clapton Unplugged 10/28/92 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Unplugged 10/28/92 Gold Video
Eric Clapton 24 Nights 10/08/92 Gold Video
Eric Clapton Crossroads 07/14/92 Multi Platinum 2x Album
Eric Clapton Time Pieces 07/07/92 Multi Platinum 3x Album
Eric Clapton 24 Nights 04/17/92 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Tears In Heaven 04/15/92 Platinum Single
Eric Clapton Rush 03/26/92 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Tears In Heaven 03/18/92 Gold Single
Eric Clapton Cream of Clapton 02/10/92 Gold Video
Eric Clapton Time Pieces 05/28/91 Multi Platinum 2x Album
Eric Clapton Time Pieces 05/28/91 Platinum Album
Eric Clapton Time Pieces 05/28/91 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Journeyman 03/19/91 Multi Platinum 2x Album
Eric Clapton Crossroads 10/17/90 Platinum Album
Eric Clapton Journeyman 03/13/90 Platinum Album
Eric Clapton Journeyman 01/17/90 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Crossroads 06/22/88 Gold Album
Eric Clapton August 04/21/87 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Behind The Sun 02/13/87 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Another Ticket 05/12/81 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Just One Night 06/23/80 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Backless 11/14/78 Platinum Album
Eric Clapton Backless 11/14/78 Gold Album
Eric Clapton Lay Down Sally 04/17/78 Gold Single
Eric Clapton Slowhand 03/14/78 Platinum Album
Eric Clapton Slowhand 01/26/78 Gold Album
Eric Clapton I Shot The Sheriff 09/19/74 Gold Single
Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard 08/08/74 Gold Album
Eric Clapton History of Eric Clapton 07/14/72 Gold Album
Cream Best of Cream 11/10/69 Gold Album
Blind Faith Blind Faith 08/19/69 Gold Album
Cream Goodbye 04/21/69 Gold Album
Cream Fresh Cream 12/03/68 Gold Album
Cream Sunshine of Your Love 09/26/68 Gold Single
Cream Wheels Of Fire 07/22/68 Gold Album
Cream Disraeli Gears 05/22/68 Gold Album

* Unplugged was awarded a Diamond Record Award on 16 March 1999, the day the award was instituted by the RIAA. Diamond Record Awards signify sales of a single or album in excess of 10 million units.

Related EC FAQ entry:
Gold / Platinum / Diamond Record Awards: Certification Process

Information herein provided courtesy of the Recording Industry Association Of America